Imagine a place where… you live and learn with others amid spectacular scenery
The Gulf Islands International Program is founded on the principles of global awareness, cultural understanding, and personalized learning for the 21st century.
The world is a better place when young people from around the globe work together in the Gulf Islands Program.
- is one of the most popular international programs in Canada
- limits the number of students from any one country
- admits only 75 students in total
Students receive a quality Canadian educational experience.
The Program offers:
- a variety of quality high school programs
- academic and elective course options
- university preparation
- intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, tutor support
- vocational programs
We are an educated, creative and professional community. Our Program is an educational priority here.
Gulf Islands Secondary School
The award-winning Gulf Islands Secondary School is known for:
- academic achievement
- top sports teams
- student leadership
- outstanding performing and visual art programs
- exceptional computer technology programs
Built of stone, cedar, steel, brick and glass, Gulf Islands Secondary is an 8279 square-metre, modern, south-facing campus-style school.
Twenty kilometres of pipe collect heat under the playing fields. Forty kilometres of pipe in the school’s floors provide radiant heat. The school has a fibre optics network and a huge solar array on the gymnasium roof.
The meticulously maintained interior is bright, spacious and inviting.
It’s a great place to learn and invites a cooperative, vibrant school community.
In 2004, the Gulf Islands School District created an innovative four day schedule. Students and teachers spend more time in the classroom four days of the week.
The total amount of instructional time per week remains the same.
This scheduling has increased student results on provincial assessments. Gulf Islands students earn marks much higher than average on most government exams.
Student attendance has improved. Students are reluctant to miss time away from the classroom.
The four-day schedule benefits international students. They participate in Friday programs like:
- English Enrichment
- SAT and TOEFL classes
- Team Practices
- Work Experience
- Community Programs
The students receive up to 20% more instructional time than other students in British Columbia.